Dr. T Lynn Strickland was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where she attended Benjamin E. Mays Academy of Math and Science. It was there that she was introduced to Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and soon became involved in biomedical research. This lead to multiple awards at the local, state and national science competitions and ultimately set the pathway to returning to Morehouse School of Medicine to complete her Doctorate of Medicine.
She majored in Biology at Agnes Scott College, a prestigious liberal arts women’s college in metropolitan Atlanta. While at Agnes Scott, she was inducted in the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and awarded the Mary Angela H. McLennan Medical Fellowship. During this time, a fellow dorm mate and friend-who ultimately became Miss Georgia- convinced Lynn to compete in the Miss Georgia Teen pageant. Having never participated in such an event before, she competed and placed in the top 4!
She entered medical school under full scholarship as a National Health Service Corps scholar, a scholarship program under the Department of Health and Human Services. During medical school, she received several other top research awards including the Dr. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship Award by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). She also spent time in Johannesburg, South Africa working in a prenatal clinic for HIV positive women. Her journalistic depiction of that experience was also published.
Dr. Strickland was profiled in the news nearing completion of medical school where her "Residency Match Day" acceptance was televised. During her OBGYN residency she was featured again in the news with delivery of the first baby of the New Year in Atlanta in 2002! She was also involved in women’s contraceptive and sexual health research which was presented at national conferences including the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology Annual Clinical Meeting and published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was awarded the Dr. Nelson McGhee Service and Humanism award and the top laparoscopic surgeon award.
In 2005 she was featured in Atlanta’s Modern Luxury/Jezebel Magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful Atlantans.” She was photographed among the ranks of famous athletes, actors, models and business executives.
After residency, Lynn continued her relationship with the Department of Health and Human Services and accepted a position with the Indian Health Service. She spent just over four years living and practicing on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, the largest Native American reservation in the country. This new and exciting life in the Southwest embraced a rare and intimate exposure to rural Navajo culture and the valuable integration of native healing with traditional western medical practice. During her time with the Indian Health Service, she received several hospital service awards.
In May of 2008, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology after having fulfilled all of the requirements to become a certified Diplomat of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In 2012, Dr. Strickland was awarded "Outstanding Young Alumna of the Year" from her Alma Mater, Agnes Scott College.
Her commitment to women's health also involved an expanding interest in global women's health. In July 2012 she joined Global Brigades with the University of California Santa Barbara to Ghana providing prenatal care, cervical cancer screening and well woman exams while mentoring college students. She also attended the 2011 Global Health Conference in Montreal where she had the honor of meeting Dr. James Orbinski. In 2013, Dr. Strickland joined supermodel and global maternal child health advocate, Christy Turlington-Burns to Haiti, with a delegation from her maternal health organization Every Mother Counts. She continues to be an active supporter of the organization, and is part of Every Mother Counts physician medical advisory board.
Dr. Strickland now lives in Southern California where she has the privilege of working alongside many highly respected and influential OBGYNs and women's health practices. Her hospital privileges are with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she is also on staff with the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her words to live by "Help. Heal. Love. Inspire."